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    Mortlake South Wind Farm

    The wind farm is being constructed on cleared open and level land that is predominantly used for dairy farming. The location is highly exposed to consistent winds, making the site ideal for wind powered electricity generation. Livestock grazing will continue around the wind turbines once construction is complete. In 2018, the Mortlake South Wind Farm was successful in the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) reverse auction. VRET is the Victorian Government’s legislated target aiming for 25% of electricity generation from renewable sources by 2020 and 40% by 2025.

    ACCIONA is committed to engaging with the local community surrounding the Mortlake South Wind Farm project. We acknowledge the importance and value of feedback (including enquiries and complaints). You can contact us via our free call community hotline on 1800 283 550,
    email on mortlake@acciona.com, by post via PO Box 24110, Melbourne VIC 3001 or in person at 95 Dunlop Street, Mortlake 3272 – Fridays between 9.00am – 4.00pm.

    A copy of the Mortlake South Wind Farm Complaints and Response Plan can be found here. For a copy of the latest Community Information Session Presentation, click here.

    General information

    Project Configuration
    35 x Nordex 4.5MW turbines
    Capacity
    up to 157.5 MW
    Final planning approval
    April 2017
    Completion date
    End 2020
    Energy production
    equivalent up to 117,000 households 
    Grid connection
    15km underground connection line to 220kV Terang substation
    Tip Height
    Ranges from 186m 
    Project value
    $280M AUD
    Project location
    5km from Mortlake in Moyne Shire

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    Latest Project News

    Turbine components are expected to arrive on site in September. These deliveries mark the beginning of onsite wind turbine erection and assembly - an exciting milestone for the project! For more information about turbine component transport and delivery information (including maps), click here.

    Our latest Mortlake South Wind Farm fact sheet is available here.

    Our latest Mortlake South Wind Farm newsletter is available here.

    Following extensive consultation with the local community and Council, ACCIONA has announced it is going to build an underground connection line for the Mortlake South Wind Farm. For more information about the connection line, please click here.

     

    Community Benefits

    The Mortlake South Wind Farm brings significant economic activity with a positive effect on the region.

    • Generation of 80-100 construction jobs

    • Up to 10 ongoing operations and maintenance jobs on site for the life of the project (~20+ years)

    • Substantial additional economic focus in the Moyne Shire, complementary to ongoing dairying, grazing, cropping, tourism and service activities

    • Substantial increase in the Moyne Shire’s rates base

    • Diversified income for host landowners

    • A targeted Shared Benefits Program to strategically deliver added value to the local region for the operational life of the project

    Community Engagement and Shared Benefits

    ACCIONA is committed to improving the social and economic platform of the region and sharing the benefits of the project as widely and equitably as possible. For more information about our shared benefits approach for each of our projects, click here.

    The Mortlake South Wind Farm Shared Benefits Program comprises of several initiatives:

    1. Neighbourhood Benefit Program – up to $180,000 available annually: Proximity payment for eligible residents who live close to the wind farm. Pre-loaded EFTPOS cards awarded through the program are able to be spent on goods and services from participating local businesses. For more information on the Neighbourhood Benefit Program, to see if you are eligible, or to register your business to participate, please click here.
    2. Small Grants / Sponsorship Program - approximately $20,000 available annually: For more information on the sponsorship program and to see if you are eligible, please click here.
    3. Scholarship Program – launching during operations phase: Further details about this initiative will become available closer to the operational phase of the project (anticipated 2021). 

      For more information about our other community engagement and benefit initiatives, click here.

    Offsite Landscaping Program

    Owners of residential dwellings within 4 kilometres of a Mortlake South Wind Farm wind turbine generator can apply for landscaping to help reduce the visual impact of the wind farm. This Program is a requirement of our Planning Permit.

    If you own a dwelling within 4kms of the wind farm, please click here for the Expression of Interest Form. Eligible applicants will receive a visual screening assessment from a qualified landscape architect who can design a plan to suit your needs and preferences. ACCIONA will arrange this meeting and cover all costs involved for the plan, tree planting and maintenance for 3 years.

     

    Current Project Status/Updates

              • Construction: The Mortlake South Wind Farm began construction on phase two works on 8 March 2019. We regularly publish construction updates in the local newspapers. For the latest update, please click here.


                  • Accommodation: We appreciate the interest from the local community regarding accommodation available for workers involved in the Mortlake South Wind Farm. At the moment we are not actively seeking any more rentals but invite you to send your details to mortlake@acciona.com  and we will contact you should circumstances change.
                  • Employment: ACCIONA has engaged John Beever Australia to complete the civil works package for the project including all roads, hardstands, and the construction of the 220kV underground connection line. If you are interested in work opportunities on the civil works phase, they are advertised here: http://connectjobs.com.au/job-board/

                    Please contact Connect Jobs directly for more information.
                    Phone: 03 9938 3824
                    Email: info@connectjobs.com.au
                    If you are seeking longer term work opportunities with ACCIONA, you can submit an Expression of Interest for the Mortlake South Wind Farm here.
                    To see ACCIONA's suppliers presentation click here.

     

    Documentation and Management Plans

    ACCIONA has a planning permit to enable the use and development of the 220 kV underground connection line. Relevant documentation can be accessed below:

    Planning Permit - Corangamite

    Planning Permit - Moyne

    Environmental Management Plan 

    Traffic Management Plan

     

    ACCIONA has a planning permit to construct the Mortlake South Wind Farm. Relevant documentation can be accessed below: 

    Planning Permit

    Endorsed Development Plans

    Cultural Heritage Management Plan

    Environmental Management Plan

    Traffic Management Plan

    Map of approved quarry routes  

    Complaints and Response Plan

     

    Environmental Management 

    As a long-term owner and asset manager of wind farms, ACCIONA is committed to managing environmental impacts on the nearby community. This will include monitoring impacts on native wildlife and ensuring noise emissions from the wind farm comply with New Zealand Standard NZS6808:2010 – Acoustics – Wind farm noise.

    For further information please see the following information sheets:

    Environmental Management

    Noise Compliance

     

    If you are interested in acquiring energy from Waubra Wind Farm or any of our other projects, more information on corporate PPA's can be found here.

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